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These stories are short radio plays *based on* Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe characters and themes. If you really like old time radio plays, you might like these as well. If you are looking for great Nero Wolfe stories, I recommend looking elsewhere. These stories are not written by Rex Stout and lack everything I look for in a Nero Wolfe story. They are too short, the characters lack the depth, subtlety and wit of the originals, Nero Wolfe’s solutions are too simplistic, and the stories lack the twist, turns and surprises of the original. The characters lack the lovable family experience of real Nero Wolfe stories. I really love the Nero Wolfe books narrated by Michael Prichard, and the narration in these radio programs is nowhere close. The sound quality is also that of old radio, which is nostalgic, but I find slightly grating. I like some old radio programs (particularly Orson Wells) but these were not worth the listen. These stories just made me want real Stout with Prichard’s narration.
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If you are a member of the radio generation, this series represents the VERY BEST of that generation. I read all of the Nero Wolfe series, and as a child I listened to Sydney Greenstreet. Once again, I was transported through that aesthetic distance to the never-never land of the imagination.
If you are not a member of the radio generation, try it. You might be shocked. You may find Greenstreet's renderings strange and/or wonderful. Who knows?
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I felt like I was taking a risk buying this recording, but it certainly paid off. The fact that it's the original recordings (or 'transcribed' they call it) gives them a certain atmosphere that helps you to really see the characters, to understand their motivations and attitudes. I don't think you get this so much with modern dramatisations, where there often seems to be a sense of 'tongue in cheek' to the performances.
Some if the stories are, to be honest, ridiculous and contrived. I expect this is down to the fact that it was a weekly radio drama and there are only a limited number of plots to go around! However, in spite of this there's much to keep the listener interested.
I'd recommend this to anyone who appreciates delving into the past, you'll discover a long-forgotten gem from the tail end of the golden age of radio.
On a practical note, for the price you get an awful lot of listening! Enjoy!
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a fantastic collection of Nero Wolfe radio plays. Sydney Greenstreet is wonderful as Wolfe and the stories are filled with wit and excitement. if you are looking for deep and complex mysteries this is not for you but as 16 half hour mini mysteries they are highly entertaining. well cast, well written and well worth a listen
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